Third batch of foreign diplomats pays their visits to kashmir on Wednesday after the government invited to take a tour of the present situation after provocation of article 370. The batch has 25 foreign envoys, including ambassadors from Germany, Canada, France, New Zealand, Mexico, Italy, Afghanistan, Austria, Uzbekistan, Poland, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Hungary as well as envoys of the European Union (EU). A month ago the batch of 15 foreign ambassadors visited the Jammu and Kashmir.
As per sources, the delegates are likely to visit the businessmen and the others to know about the ground situation after the abrogation of article 370.
The hotel in which they will be staying will be with tight security. During their visit they are likely to be briefed about the security situation in Kashmir and how neighbouring country has bad provoking the situation by the Army commanders.
In Jammu they will meet the Lt. Governer Murmu.
The visit comes days ahead of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s trip to Brussels where he is expected to meet members of the European Parliament to explain the situation in Jammu and Kashmir which was stripped of its special status in August.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to visit Brussels for the India-European Union summit likely to be held on 13 March.
This visit also marked after the two former chief ministers of J&K Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti who are under detention since august 5 were booked under the stringent public safety act (PSA).
Previous visit was on 9-10 January when envoys from 15 countries visited the area but that visit didn’t included members of European union (EU). As they wanted to specifically meet the specific leaders, the former CM’s of the J&K.
The first visit was held in octiober last year when the right winged European parliamentarians visited, prompting outrage among the local politicians who were not allowed to meet them.